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Discerning Signs


He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2, 3).


Trivial Pursuit was a popular game 20 years ago. To win that game you had to know a lot of unimportant and relatively insignificant facts about history, literature, science and a few other categories. Amazingly, the one with the greatest grasp of the most irrelevant facts was considered the smartest.


The Pharisees of old, and some religious leaders today, similarly miss the point by amassing great knowledge of the irrelevant while ignoring the important. Jesus said the Pharisees and Saducees could discern signs of weather but did not have a clue to the signs of the times.


Lyrics from a popular song in the 60’s are true: “The signs of the times are everywhere.” In all of history, if there was ever a time to be biblical and discerning of human events, it is today. This is the day to study Daniel, Revelation, Ezekiel, Zechariah, 2 Thessalonians and 2 Peter.  I am not talking about setting dates but about discerning the signs of the times.


Don’t exalt the trivial and miss the imperative. Seek to be discerning in our times.





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The light is fading, the sun is gone
and I pause for a rest, with a sigh,
now is the time to meditate
on the hours that have drifted by;
this may not have been the happiest day
but no sorrow did I have to bear,
so for that I want to thank You, Lord,
thank You, just for being there.

Virginia Luers

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A breath of prayer in the morning
Means a day of blessing sure;
A breath of prayer in the evening
Means a night of rest secure;

A breath of prayer in our weakness
Means a clasp of a mighty hand;
A breath of prayer when we’re lonely
Means Someone to understand;

A breath of prayer in our sorrows
Means comfort and peace and rest;
A breath of prayer in our doubtings
Assures us the Lord knows best;

A breath of prayer in rejoicing
Gives joy and added delight,
For they that remember God’s goodness
Go singing far into the night.

There’s never a year nor a season
That prayer may not bless every hour,
And never a soul need be helpess
When linked with God’s infinite power.

Frances McKinnon Morton
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